‘Muchachos’: How a 2003 hit turned the unofficial anthem of Argentina’s World Cup success


In the event you’ve had a catchy tune caught in your head from the World Cup, it’s seemingly this one.

Heard within the streets of Doha, the stands of the Lusail Stadium and even within the Argentine dressing room, the 2003 hit ‘Muchachos’ by La Mosca has turn out to be the unofficial anthem of Argentina’s World Cup success.

Initially bearing the title “Muchachos, esta noche me emborracho” – “Boys, tonight I will get drunk” – the tune was rewritten by a instructor, Fernando Romero, to say Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona and “the kids of las Malvinas.”

Romero renamed the tune “Muchachos, ahora nos volvimos a ilusionar” – “Boys, now we have hope again” – and such was its reputation, La Mosca rerecorded the tune with the brand new lyrics earlier than the World Cup in Qatar, even that includes Romero within the new music video.

In an interview with Argentine outlet El Destape, Romero mentioned the tune has “changed my life.”

“I was born in Argentina/Land of Diego and Lionel/The kids of the Malvinas/ Who I will never forget,” go the brand new lyrics.

“Boys, now we have hope again/I want to win the third/I want to be world champion/And Diego/We can see him from heaven/With Don Diego and La Tota [Maradona’s parents]/Encouraging Lionel.”

‘Las Malvinas’ is the Spanish language identify given to the Falkland Islands, which sit 480 kilometers off the coast of Argentina and was the positioning of a bloody three-month warfare in 1982 between Argentina and the UK, throughout which greater than 600 Argentine troopers misplaced their lives.

When England and Argentina confronted off within the 1986 World Cup quarterfinals – a recreation now famed for Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ and ‘Goal of the Century’ – it was the primary time that they had met in a sporting enviornment for the reason that Falklands Struggle.

Most of the gamers had, at the least on the Argentine facet, buddies or family members who had been conscripted, perhaps even misplaced their life.

“It was like beating a country, not a football team,” Maradona wrote in his autobiography “I am El Diego” of the that 1986 World Cup recreation in opposition to England.

“Although we said before the game that football had nothing to do with the Malvinas War, we knew that a lot of Argentine kids had died there, that they had mowed us down like little birds.”

Earlier than Qatar, 1986 was the final time Argentina had received the World Cup and Romero’s new lyrics encapsulate the hope Argentine followers had that Lionel Scaloni’s males may lastly add a 3rd star to the famed gentle blue and white jerseys. Argentina’s first World Cup title was secured in 1978 when the South American nation hosted the event.

With the Argentina squad touchdown in Buenos Aires within the early hours of Tuesday morning, you could be certain quite a few renditions of “Muchachos, ahora nos volvimos a ilusionar” shall be heard within the streets of the Argentine capital.

The brand new model of the tune has already racked up 13 million views on YouTube and it’s seemingly that quantity shall be significantly greater come the top of the 12 months.